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'The Simpsons' Yanked From Venezuelan TV

CARACAS, Venezuela D'oh! A Venezuelan TV channel has yanked "The Simpsons" off the air because it may be inappropriate for children. Taking its place: "Baywatch Hawaii."

Televen TV station spokeswoman Elba Guillen said Monday that the decision to hand over the daily 11 a.m. time slot came after the National Telecommunications Commission received complaints from viewers.

"It had to be taken off," Guillen said. "They consider it to be a series that isn't appropriate for that time because it isn't appropriate for children."

The regulatory agency didn't specify which elements of the program were deemed offensive, but said showing the animated cartoon series at that hour could violate national regulations prohibiting "messages that go against the whole education of boys, girls and adolescents."

Guillen said it is up to Televen's management whether "The Simpsons" may be shown at another time of day.

"Baywatch," which features bikini-clad bombshells and musclebound hunks working as lifeguards on the Hawaiian coast, has been running in the 11 a.m. slot since Friday.

The station has not received any complaints about that show, General Manager German Perez Nahim told the Venezuelan newspaper Ultimas Noticias in its Friday editions. Perez was out of the office Monday and could not be reached for comment.

"We are hoping it will continue to have a good rating, because 'The Simpsons' worked very well so much so that it had the highest levels of viewership for that morning timetable in the history of the channel," Perez said.

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tim_d7 (4/8/2008)
Statick (4/8/2008)
I'm guessing they didn't like the portrayal of the Hispanic Beeguy character. :hehe:

Well when every character is speaking Spanish, Bee guy doesn't seem like a very interesting character.

Being Hispanic is much more than just speaking Spanish.

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If i'm correct, the hispanic "bee" guy is actually a parody of a character that exists or did exist on a hispanic TV show (possibly mexican).  Honestly, the hispanics are probably the only ones who understand this reference.  Unless you, like me, happened to have turned on Univision now and then just to marvel and try and see what you can understand. 

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cheaton (4/8/2008)
If i'm correct, the hispanic "bee" guy is actually a parody of a character that exists or did exist on a hispanic TV show (possibly mexican).  Honestly, the hispanics are probably the only ones who understand this reference.  Unless you, like me, happened to have turned on Univision now and then just to marvel and try and see what you can understand. 

haha yeah I've had quite a few South American girlfriends in the past, and whenever I was trying to brush up on my Espanol, I would crank up Univision and Galavision. Christina (their version of Ricki Lake at the time) really cracked me up.

That said, it seems to be illegal for latina television to show any women that are not hot as ****.

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cheaton (4/8/2008)
If i'm correct, the hispanic "bee" guy is actually a parody of a character that exists or did exist on a hispanic TV show (possibly mexican).  Honestly, the hispanics are probably the only ones who understand this reference.  Unless you, like me, happened to have turned on Univision now and then just to marvel and try and see what you can understand. 

I don't know which country made him up, but you are right, the Bee guy is a parody from an old TV show.

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